The most valued ways of learning for modern professionals (2)

The Learning in the Workplace survey has now had over 6,000 responses from 69 countries worldwide*. The full results are shown below ranked by the total Very important and Essential scores. The shaded cells highlight where the most votes were received in each category.

The results continue to show that for modern professionals the least valued ways to learn at and for work are the traditional workplace learning activities – classroom training and e-learning (DIDACTICS) – whilst the most valued ways to learn for work are the experiences and activities that happen as part of daily work (DOING), through interaction with people (DISCOURSE) as well as the use of informal web content (DISCOVERY).

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1 Daily work experiences (ie doing the day job) DOING 1 5 29 65 94
2 Knowledge sharing with your team DISCOURSE 1 8 33 58 91
3 Web search (eg Google) DISCOVERY 3 17 31 49 80
4 Manager feedback and guidance DOING 5 21 36 38 74
5 Web resources (eg articles, videos, podcasts, etc) DISCOVERY 3 23 41 33 74
6 Your professional network (aka PLN) DISCOURSE 3 27 41 29 70
7 Coach or mentor feedback and guidance DOING 6 26 44 24 68
8 Company resources (eg documents, job aids, etc) DISCOVERY 9 31 35 25 60
9 Blog posts and news feeds DISCOVERY 11 39 32 18 50
10 E-Learning (eg online courses) DIDACTICS 17 45 24 14 38
11 Conferences and other professional events DISCOURSE 16 51 27 6 33
12 Classroom training DIDACTICS 28 41 22 9 31

*Demographics

  • 72 countries including 25% from US, 22% from UK, 8% from Australia, 5% from Canada, 4% from New Zealand, 5% from Germany, 3% from Netherlands, 3% from Spain, 2% from Belgium, 2% from India, 2% from Switzerland, 2% from Denmark, 1% from Ireland, 1% from France, 1% from Israel, 1% from Norway, 1% from Sweden, 1% from Austria, 1% from Brazil, 1% from Singapore, 1% from Saudi Arabia, 1% from Portugal, 1% from Poland
  • Industry: 29% other, 27% from education, 10% from government, 10% from finance, 7% from technology, 6% from health, 4% from manufacturing, 3% from retail, 2% from telecommunications, 1% transport
  • Organisation size: 67% over 250 people, 15% under 10 people, 10% 50-249 people, 8% 11-49 people
    • Job function: 64% from HR/L&D, 24% other, 6% sales and marketing, 4% from IT, 1% finance
  • Job type: 42% non-managerial, 24% senior managers, 16% middle managers, 11% middle managers, 8% non-salaried.
  • Age: 34% 40-49, 29% 50-59, 20% 30-39, 8% under 30, 7% over 60,
  • Sex: 62% female, 38% male

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Last updated: June 14, 2019 at 12:34 pm